With the recent announcements of the PlayStation edition and Mass Effect mash-up, Minecraft is becoming one of the world’s most popular indie games. Reaching a market that includes PC, Xbox, and mobile gamers, it’s kind of a shock Mojang hasn’t talked to Nintendo about coming to the Wii U or 3DS. Earlier this week, GameSpot talked to Nintendo executives about Minecraft’s absence from their systems. Business development manager Dan Adelman replied with a laugh “What can we say on that front?” Damon Barker, senior manager of marketing for licensing, also replied, saying: “We’re big fans. We have a continuing relationship with Mojang, and respect all the work that they’re doing, but no announcements at this time.” Meanwhile, Mojang developer Jens Bergensten said in March that it was unlikely that Minecraft would be made for Nintendo systems.
So what’s with the minor Nintendo hate on Mojang’s part? While many gamers seem to be divided on this issue, I don’t seem to see the problem. Minecraft is perfect for nintendo systems. With the technology Nintendo has, I think it could be a great friendship. Here’s why:
- Both the Wii U and 3DS have touch screens, used in the pocket edition of Minecraft.
- Dual screens for both consoles as well. Use one for the game and one for other actions. This would work great for the Wii U. Have the map on the game pad while exploring instead of having your character holding it. Also a great way to view your inventory while crafting.
- Mojang would introduce the game to a whole new crowd of gamers. Casual gamers that Nintendo has would love Minecraft as a way to relax.
- Minecraft on Nintendo would make money for both companies.
I’m not saying it would be easy for Mojang to develop Minecraft for Nintendo consoles. In fact, it won’t be. But if Nintendo is ready and willing, I think they should go for it.